South Africa’s intelligence services continue to have more in common with their apartheid-era counterparts 23 years into democracy.
South Africa's intelligence services operate secretly and with minimal oversight. So citizens will probably never know exactly what they are up to.
Otto John, middle, in Berlin in 1954.
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The 1954 defection of West Germany's first domestic spy chief and ardent anti-Nazi rocked the world – and then he returned to Bonn.
In the years leading up to World War II, Ivan Maisky and Winston Churchill developed a close friendship.
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The Soviet ambassador to London showed that charm and contacts can trump espionage when it comes to gathering information.
Former trade minister Andrew Robb walked from parliament into a high-paying post with a Chinese company.
This week’s ABC Four Corners/Fairfax expose of Chinese activities in Australia is alarming – not just for its revelations about a multi-fronted pattern of influence-seeking, but also for what it says about…
A professor who once held top secret clearance explains how levels of classification work and where handling sensitive information gets tricky.
Is someone watching while you work?
Yes, Big Brother is almost definitely watching. Here, five tips for researchers on keeping you and your sources safe.
Chief John Big Tree, Dark Cloud, Jack Cosgrave, Adda Gleason and Robert Goldstein in The Spirit of ‘76 (1917).
During the war, fear of being undermined by the enemy sparked restrictions on freedom of speech. As a result, thousands of Americans were prosecuted.
A painting of Alex played by Malcolm McDowell in Stanley Kubrick’s film of A Clockwork Orange.
On the centenary of Anthony Burgess’s birth – A Clockwork Orange had a profound influence on the cultural and political landscape.
British Embassy in Moscow.
UK diplomats are thoroughly briefed on the pitfalls that could trap them on overseas service.
Still at it after all these years: the FSB’s Moscow headquarters.
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Russia has decades of experience setting "honeytraps" for spies, diplomats, and whoever else it wants to embarrass or blackmail.
Thomas Cromwell, a man who definitely knew what you did last summer.
Hans Holbein the Younger/National Portrait Gallery
Look back centuries ago and you'll find the same obsessive secrecy, and the same justifications, as seen today.
Cybersecurity just got even more difficult.
The top cyberspy agency couldn't stay immune from attacks forever. What does it mean for governments, companies and internet users as a whole that the NSA has been hacked?
Is everything on the up-and-up here?
With the DNC email leak and Trump calling on Russia to hack Clinton's emails, concern about foreign meddling in the 2016 presidential election process is rising. Is e-voting the next cyber battleground?
For art to imitate life is understandable, but politics inspired by films can be a recipe for disaster.
Cyberwarfare is a threat that is anonymous, hard to trace and hard to defend against.
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The openness of the Internet gives an advantage to attackers – but what constitutes an act of war in the electronic world?
A public inquiry says the murder of the former Russian spy was probably approved by Vladimir Putin. So how will the UK react?
Comrades in treachery: Donald Maclean (left) and Guy Burgess.
New papers shed light on the aftermath of the dramatic flight of two of the notorious 'Cambridge Spies'.
More jaw jaw, less war war.
Sanctions against Russia and China would only escalate cyber-attacks, when what's needed is international agreement.
Will the US-China relationship devolve into Spy vs Spy?
The protection of trade secrets is an area of concern for both countries and is more likely to lead to an agreement.
EPA/Alexei Nikolsky/Ria Novosti/Kremlin
As the West and Russia go about rooting out each other's spies, they also lose the ability to keep tabs on each other. Time to get back in touch.